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A THORNY ISSUE: Promote sporting culture

23 November 2016

ESTABLISHING a true sports culture would go a long way in increasing our success at all levels. Just think how much more could have been achieved in the sporting arena over the past 50 years if we were more deliberate in our support for our sportsmen and women. ... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Delightful Daniel shows world class

16 November 2016

ARGUABLY the best display ever in a set by a player justified claims that road tennis is a world-class sport. It unfolded dramatically on semi-final night at the World Road Tennis Championships when Antonio “Lil Man” Daniel produced a master class to take the venom... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Test win brings hope for the future

09 November 2016

THE WEST INDIES must be lauded for their most significant and positive result in Test cricket for almost 18 months. Not so long ago we were fearing the worst for West Indies cricket when there was talk about a two-tiered Test system which would have seen the West... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Stoute won’t be easy to replace

02 November 2016

THE REIGN of the King is virtually at an end but after he goes what happens next? This is the first thought that courted my mind after veteran sports administrator Steve Stoute announced he was on the verge of giving up his post on multiple organisations. Our... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Still a lot of punch in boxing

19 October 2016

I AM GLAD that I was commissioned to cover the Carlton Hope/Lionel Hall Memorial Boxing Tournament last Saturday. I was able to guage what is really happening in local amateur boxing after a lengthy period of dormancy and belly aching by Barbados Boxing Association... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Factors behind WI whitewash

12 October 2016

THE SOUL of West Indies cricket is at stake amidst all of the verbal wars in the past week. It shows that we have reached a juncture where individuals are prepared to fight with bare knuckles to get over their points, irrespective of who is maimed in the process.... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Boxing chief’s low blow

05 October 2016

HOW CAN THE MEDIA report on local boxing when there’s hardly anything to report on? Boxing – amateur and professional – is as dead as the proverbial door nail. Your only tussle is deciding to which funeral home to give the turnout. So while the sport survives... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Paying the price for dissent

28 September 2016

WHO’S NEXT? This seems to be the most logical question in West Indies cricket after the unprecedented shuffling of the deck so soon after the team won three world championships in the same year. West Indies cricket at best could be described as unpredictable,... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Don’t forget Nurse and Sealy

21 September 2016

TOO MANY NAMES to call, so they couldn’t call all. Agreed? Still, there were some obvious omissions from the list of sporting icons who were duly recognised for their achievements, covering the period of our 50 years of Independence. Why no place for Marva Sealy?... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Riley, Browne given raw deal

14 September 2016

WE SURE KNOW how to demoralise those who merit selection on national teams. I think recent instances in table tennis and bodybuilding give credence to my belief. I read both sides of the story and could find no justification for the selectors leaving our best... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Hope Bajans can change WI fortunes

07 September 2016

HOW WILL THE apparent Barbadianisation in leadership positions work for the benefit of West Indies cricket? It is quite noticeable that in recent times several Bajans have been elevated to senior positions on and off the field. It makes you wonder if it is just... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Nuff lip service but little action

31 August 2016

IT’S ABOUT TIME that all stakeholders stop talking and start doing something fundamental for sports development. It might go a long way in not having the same repetitive conversations after our national teams return from major competitions. I have been hearing... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Keep hope alive for Japan 2020

24 August 2016

NOT ONE MEDAL. Nobody even came close! But am I despondent? Am I drowning in a sea of despair? Am I going to bash the athletes who represented us in Rio? Far from. Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Too many divisions in sport

10 August 2016

The conversation about the injured Sada Williams went from the objective to the malicious. Sadly, since Williams returned from the World Youth Games in Poland, the focus seemed to be on a member of the medical team and whether she was the right person to be there... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Russians may be scapegoats

03 August 2016

THE RIO OLYMPICS could go down as the most controversial ever. For starters, the Games are being staged at a time when the political environment in Brazil is very volatile and industrial relations between the powers that be are strained and some of those involved... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Not insular to have more Bajan Tridents

20 July 2016

INITIALLY BAJANS had a difficulty understanding why a Trinidadian was chosen to be captain of the Barbados Tridents. After heated debate, they eventually embraced Kieron Pollard when the concept of a franchise was explained. It wasn’t mandatory to have a Bajan skipper... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: ‘Cutting loose’ name of the game

13 July 2016

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS has apparently become a thing of the past in West Indies cricket. The game is nowfilled with more loose cannon than you will find in an army. This new order is reflected in comments made by both administrators and players. In a sense, I think... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: UWI model a soaring success

06 July 2016

THE CAVE HILL Sports Academy is working. I am happy that it is, too; otherwise people would be saying that some of the money coming from the public purse to help enable the project is being wasted. Even so, I don’t think that particular perspective is driving... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Game’s image takes a beating

29 June 2016

THE INK HAD BARELY DRIED on my article about Pinelands getting a 21-0 caning from UWI Blackbirds before Rendezvous were thumped 14-0 by the same opponents and surrendered at half-time. The scenarios were similar from the viewpoint that both teams were not at full... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Hurdlers’ time to shine

22 June 2016

IT’S LOOKING LIKE the hurdles will take the spotlight at this weekend’s National Track & Field Championships at the National Stadium. That’s because none of the top hurdlers have reached the qualifying standards for the Rio Olympics and the trials provide them with... Read More

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A THORNY ISSUE: Pinelands deserve better

15 June 2016

THE UWI BLACKBIRDS’ recent 21-0 mauling of once mighty Pinelands wasn’t a true reflection of the standard of the Barbados Football Association’s (BFA) Premier League, but more so an indication that the present crop of Pinelands players may take it for granted what football... Read More

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